Botox has become a common household word and a brand-name icon. It was first invented in 1979 by an ophthalmologist and has been used to treat hundreds of medical conditions ever since. In fact, since 1984 – long before Botox became a popular cosmetic treatment – our own Dr. R. Jeffrey Hofmann has been using Botox to treat many physical ailments including blepharospasm, strabismus, hyperhidrosis, migraine headaches, and Meige syndrome. He was the first physician to use Botox in the state of Rhode Island and has published original articles regarding its use. He participates in the National Education Faculty of Allergan Pharmaceuticals and has helped to train hundreds of physicians to use Botox. Many physicians from around the country and abroad have come to the Rhode Island Eye Institute to learn his techniques.
Cosmetically, Botox is primarily used to treat lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. It is a simple, non-surgical procedure that smoothes the lines between your brows by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. In the hands of an experienced physician Botox can also be used to lift the brows,decrease lip lines, decrease the chin crease, and even help elevate the corners of the mouth and decrease jowling. Dr. Hofmann is also experienced at using Botox to decrease excessive perspiration.